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Bucket List Dreams- Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs, AR

The beautiful Victorian village of Eureka Springs is situated in the heart of the Ozark mountains. Eureka Springs is known for its picturesque Victorian houses and Hot Springs. Eureka sits high atop the mountains and many of the stunning and unique architecture of buildings and homes sit hillside. I imagine a time here when women wore Victorian gowns, donned parasols and had afternoon tea and tea cakes. It’s like something within a great novel coming alive.

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Downtown:

Downtown Eureka Springs and Basin Spring Park is the heart of the city. I had so much fun embracing all of the eccentricities and oddities. Eureka Springs is magical, enchanting, colorful and quirky. I also secretly adored all of the kitschy garden gnomes displayed throughout the city.

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Basin Spring Park is the bright and lively heart of Eureka Springs. Basin Spring Park is located in downtown Eureka and is a colorful and magical place to visit. Basin Spring Park showcases talented street performers and musicians playing live music. You can even grab some sweet and savory treats. We walked up the cliff area and to the Basin Spring.

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Hot Springs:

Eureka Springs has several hot springs that have been restored. Native American legend tells us that the natural spring water from the mountains contains healing properties. Many people still visit hot springs to soak and to sip the water for therapeutic benefits. These natural healing springs are revered by people from all walks of life. The healing mineral waters and natural springs are believed to be flowing life waters. There are many unique hot springs gracing Eureka Springs.

The famed springs in Eureka are Basin Spring Park, Magnetic Springs, Crescent Springs, and Grotto Spring.

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Top Places to visit:

Eureka Springs has many fantastic landmarks and points of interest. You’ll want to visit as many of these places as you can!

Thorncrown Chapel is a gorgeous glass chapel in the middle of the woods. Thorncrown Chapel has a tremendous architectural design that is truly inspiring. The drive to get to the Thorncrown chapel is very woodsy and beautiful. The Thorncrown Chapel is a glass and wooden structure situated in the woodlands. The Thorncrown Chapel has 425 stunning glass windows and 6,000 sq. ft. of glass. The ceiling has a cross-over stitching design and it’s arched so beautifully. This chapel is inspiring and a good place for reflection on life and purpose.

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church is tucked away on the hillside by the 1886 Crescent Hotel. St. Elizabeth was constructed in 1904 and showcases stunning Italian marble, limestone, rotunda architectural style and stained glass. Saint Elizabeth is the only church known that you enter through the bell tower. The dome shape is truly remarkable. The beautiful gardens and grounds offer pure serenity. The church also has a chapel room for prayer and reflection.

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Christ of the Ozark’s stands tall overlooking the great Ozark mountains. The Christ of the Ozark’s statue is housed at The Great Passion Play and Holy Land experience. The Christ statue has been here for over fifty years and stands 7 stories tall! It is truly a magnificent sight to behold.

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The Great Passion Play puts on the world-famous biblical passion play. The play is held in a large outdoor amphitheater and features a large cast and live animals. The Great Passion Play is said to be America’s number one outdoor drama. The Passion Play is held in a beautiful setting overlooking the Ozark’s and Christ of the Ozark’s statue. The Passion Play provides you with a window to the past complete with an interactive reenactment of the bible.

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Holy Land Tour brings you back into time with a replicated grounds of old Jerusalem. Here you can watch as The Holy Bible comes alive before your eyes. The cast and grounds at The Holy Land Tour are all reminiscent of biblical times as they share stories from The Holy Book.

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The Bible Museum and History Museum feature over 6,000 bibles and 3,000 artifacts from different eras and cultures. There are two museums located here where you can see Christian paintings, statues, and ancient bibles. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase religious items, bibles, and Holy Land souvenirs.

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Carry Nation House, Hatchet Hall is an interesting house built on the side of a cliff. During the Temperance movement and before the Prohibition Era Carry was known to go to taverns and break up the alcohol and beer kegs by way of an ax. The area her home is located in is nice and quaint. I loved all of the eccentric cottages along the winding road. The house is right on top of the street and the back of the house has a drop off a cliff.

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Pivot Rock and Natural Bridge is a good spot to check out some natural formations. The Pivot rock is actually the largest freestanding rock! The rock is so unique and it actually looks upside down. Also, The Natural Bridge was actually formed from the pure rock in the shape of a bridge.

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More things to do:

Onyx Cave offers self-guided tours of the underground onyx formations. The cave which was discovered in 1893 is popular for tourists and locals alike. Interestingly the cave stays at 57 degrees year round.

Blue Spring Heritage Center has a botanical garden, Blue Springs, and Native American history and artifacts. Here you can visit the gardens and grounds, admire the lagoon and spring, and take a walk down the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge offers up-close safari encounters with rescued big cats.  Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge provides Safari Lodges to guests looking for a more natural and authentic wildlife experience. The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to 100 species of animals namely lions, tigers and bears.

Lodging:

In Eureka Springs you can stay in haunted hotels, quaint cabins, mysterious caves, unique treehouses, and magical hobbit holes!

Treehouses and Hobbit Caves:

Eureka Springs Treehouses will help make your fairytale dreams come true. At The Eureka Springs Treehouses, you can have an underground adventure in The Hobbit Caves, or have a dreamy night in The Magical Castle Treehouse, or a romantic night in the mesmerizing stoned underground Grottos caves! There are ten unique treehouses and themed accommodations at The Eureka Springs Treehouses.

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Historic Hotels:

The 1886 Crescent Hotel is America’s Most Haunted Hotel for good reason. I love the history of this spooky and beautiful hotel. The Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour has nightly tours and seances. The delightfully renowned 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa offers guests an experience you will be talking about for years to come.

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1905 Basin Park Hotel is the sister hotel of the 1886 Crescent Hotel. The Basin Hotel is also regarded as haunted and there are The Spirits of the Basin ghost and cave tours. This grand Basin Park hotel fits perfectly in the quirky heart of Eureka Springs.

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Eureka Springs is a magical place with its native healing waters and enchanting well-preserved historic Victorian houses and buildings. Eureka Springs is perched high into the Ozark’s surrounded by mountains, forests, and lakes. Eureka Springs is such an inspiring city and especially perfect for lovers, artists, and all free-spirited folks.

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And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”- Paulo Coelho

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1886 Crescent Hotel- America’s Most Haunted Hotel

1886 Crescent Hotel -America’s Most Haunted Hotel

The beautiful Victorian historic Ozark mountaintop resort, 1886 Crescent Hotel.

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The Crescent Hotel  is hailed as Americas’s Most Haunted Hotel 

The Victorian village of Eureka Springs sits hilltop overlooking the beautiful Ozark mountains. Eureka Springs is famed for their Hot Springs and Historic Bathhouse District. The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa has a rich history and deep roots to Eureka.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel is a beautiful old Victorian historic mountaintop hotel set against the beautiful Victorian village of Eureka Springs. With one look you can picture a time of dames and dapper gentlemen riding carriages in the Victorian period. With another glance you can understand the stories of paranormal sightings of Dr. Norman Baker, his nurse, and the patients who checked in and never checked out. Guests report seeing ghostly apparitions from the Victorian era dancing in the grand Crystal ballroom.

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History:

In 1886 The Crescent Hotel operated as a resort Carriage Set during the Victorian era. The hotel catered to distingished travelers who were visiting Eureka Springs in search of the healing waters in the Ozark mountains. The Crescent Hotel offered guests luxury accommodations, including carriage rides and access to the 100 horses and stables! Over time the hotel would close its doors to guests.

In 1908, The Crescent Hotel emerged as The Crescent College and Conservatory for Young Women. The students attending this prestigious college would learn the arts of being a well-versed young lady. The Women’s College would later become a Junior College. The hotel eventually closed again.

In 1937, The Crescent Hotel was turned into a health reort and cancer hospital. The quirky Dr. Norman Baker had patients believe he was curing them from a multitude of ailments. The guests poured into Bakers Hospital without realizing the good doctor was in fact a fraud making nothing more than potions and concoctions. He pleged to his sick patients that with the healing waters and his magical potions he could cure all.

Dr. Baker was an eccentric man and he loved the color purple. Its said that he would parade around in purple threads, drive a purple car and painted hospital wings purple.  It was later found out that Dr. Norman Baker had never attened medical school a day in his life. The good doctor  was eventually arrested and once again the hotel would close. Many guests died here at the hands of Dr. Baker, and his morgue remains. The eerie hospital was later converted back to a hotel.

In 1946, The Crescent Hotel regained its vitality and opened its doors once again to welcome new guests. The hotel still operates today as a luxurious resort catering to eager folks from all over. The Crescent Hotel offers guests a unique and memorable experience that they will share with generations to come. The hotel is a hub for history lovers, paranormal investigators and more!

Sightings:

Dr. Norman Baker, is seen wearing purple in the basement.

Dr. Bakers nurse, is seen wearing all white pushing a hospital gurney in the hallway.

Michael, The Irishman craftsman who helped build the hotel, and later fell from room 218, which is one of the most active rooms.

Theodora, one of the cancer patients of Dr. Baker who is searching for her room key.

And many more!

You can go on the supernatural Spirit of the Crescent tour. There are nightly ghost tours at The Crescent Hotel and they also hold seances. Guests report feeling, hearing and seeing ghostly apparitions in their rooms and in the hallways. This hotel has been filmed for many supernatural shows.

We are staying at the most haunted hotel in America tonight! Guests check in and some don’t check out!

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Upon arrival I didn’t know what to expect. I knew this would be an adventure that is both exciting and terrifying. The hotel is spooky looking and checking in at 3 am doesn’t do much to settle the nerves. The lobby of the hotel has an older look to it and you can certainly tell the period in which this hotel was constructed. I got my keys and went up to room 330. I had previously asked to please not put me in a room that was notorious for ghost activity. I love that the keys are real keys.

I love how everything here stays true to character and nothing is modern. I noticed a big cat sleeping on the bellman’s luggage cart and I thought this to be strange especially in the middle of night. There were several little idiosyncrasies that I just knew I was in a ghostly place.  I took the old elevator up and I was looking around nervous yet curious. I was apprehensive but ready to have a paranormal experience and see these spirits.

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It’s 3 am and we are officially checked into America’s Most Haunted Hotel!

My room was very vintage and retro. The walls were red. I loved the antiques. I was apprehensive to fall asleep. The room was peculiar. Everything was beautiful, and terrifying. My night was thrilling. I tossed and turned wondering how close to my bed would the spirits stand. Sleep continued to elude me. I don’t know when my eyes closed or when they opened. I wasn’t sure what exactly happened. I just knew it was morning.

I rolled out of bed to go for a walk. The gardens are inspiring. I had breakfast in the Grand Crystal Ballroom. I had a full day of adventuring ahead. I’ll never forget my time at the The 1886 Crescent Hotel. Those kind of experiences just stay with you. Who doesn’t want to ghost hunt in an old 130 year-old elegant Victorian hotel?

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I got to stay at the most haunted hotel in America. I made it through the night. You know they said the guests check in and they don’t check out! You can really appreciate this hotel for the beauty and for the history. I love the charm and grandeur of stepping into times past. Whisk away.

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary.”- Edgar Allen Poe